Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good. Philemnon 14 (NIV)
After a painful break-up with my then boyfriend, Mark, I was feeling down and discouraged. What went wrong? We were both Christians and had lots of fun together, making sweet and special memories. But, it just wasn't working.
One day, still hurt from losing this once rich relationship, I was leaning by my bed, crying for comfort, looking in His Word. It was then that my page fell to a passage I never noticed before. With my eyes growing wide, the Scripture jumped out at me from Philemon, verse 15: "Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a little while was that you might have him back for good." My jaw physically dropped! Lord, is this Philemon Promise for me? Could it be? I felt my soul stirring with new activity. Was God using this season of separation to prepare us for a future later? I immediately felt like dancing and singing and my heart overflowed with thanksgiving. I felt His Spirit was speaking!
What a gift, and I tucked this promise and passage in the back of my brain and it gave me peace. I felt my brokeness healing tenderly in my heart in a way that is hard to explain. And, not long after, with talks and tears, Mark and I got back together. Today I write this as his wife. I will always remember with awe and gratitude this precious time when God shared His wonderful Word to me personally.